#TheList Simon James Hancock, born 20/04/1982, of 28 Terrier Close, Southampton SO30 2ND – shot a dog in the head four times with an air rifle before dumping him in a wooded area and leaving him for dead.
The court was told how on July 11, 2018, Hancock attempted to destroy the 15-month-old dog, known as Jet, who belonged to his former partner.
After shooting Jet four times with an air rifle, Hancock dumped him in bushes close to his home in Hedge End, where he suffered, alone, for five days.
When the dog was was finally discovered, he had collapsed and was infested with thousands of fly eggs around the pellet holes.
Jet’s microchip details identified Hancock’s former partner as the owner, and investigations by the animal charity began.
An air rifle found in Hancock’s home was examined by forensics and it was accepted that it was the weapon used to shoot Jet, although Hancock claimed it had been dumped on his doorstep the same morning as the search warrant.
He claimed a friend named Paul, whom he said he has since been unable to trace and didn’t know his surname, was given to Jet after it is claimed the young terrier bit his ex-partner’s daughter.
Hancock’s version of events was not believed by the court and in May 2019 he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond said: “Jet was treated in a shockingly brutal manner, being shot in the head four times, then dumped while still alive but horrendously injured.
“You cannot begin to imagine the suffering this dog went through during the five days he was left alone and injured.
“Thankfully he has survived and has made a very good recovery.
“He’s such a happy, friendly dog who loves everyone he meets. It’s amazing to see him thriving in his new home.
“More than £5,000 was spent on veterinary care.
“He was very touch-and-go at times and he lost hearing in one ear because an ear canal had to be removed. His vision has also been affected.”
Sentencing: 200 hours of community service; £1,600 in costs. Banned from keeping animals for just 10 years.